Kooks sell-out gig leaves Oban hun­gry for more – a lot more

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

The Kooks smashed it in Oban at the week­end, writes Kathie Grif­fiths.

Af­ter a four-year break, the band from Brighton played the Cor­ran Halls with their new al­bum in tow and an awe­some sup­port band, Vista Kicks, all the way from Cal­i­for­nia.

Oban’s big venue hall was packed and as the tem­per­a­ture soared so did the crowd’s en­thu­si­asm.

The pop rock­ers lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions, lucky for them, as the hun­gry crowd howled for more.

Lead singer Luke Pritchard thanked fans for their love and sup­port as he in­tro­duced the band’s fifth al­bum, Let’s Go Sun­shine.

Hit song She Moves In Her own Way and the band’s new ma­te­rial got the crowd mov­ing in their own way; they were roar­ing to hear Naive.

‘You’re loud,’ quipped the front­man whose slip ’n’ slide move­ments on stage were Mick Jag­ger-es­que in de­tail. Last year they were sup­port­ing the Rolling Stones in Euro­pean sta­di­ums and on their sold-out UK arena tour.

With Let’s Go Sun­shine mak­ing it into the top 10 al­bum chart, Satur­day was the four-piece group’s first time in Oban and hope­fully not the last. Luke, 33, said they would like to play Scot­land more. Oban was the only Scot­tish gig of this five-date tour, with the other four tak­ing place in Belfast, Lon­don, Mid­dles­brough and Brex­hill-on-Sea.

New York is to fol­low, tickets for the Nether­lands, Ger­many and France are on sale for 2019.

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